Jorge Mario Bergoglio aka Pope Francis has performed an exorcism in public, according to The Telegraph.
An exorcism is the religious practice of evicting demons or spiritual entities from a person which they are believed to have possessed. Therefore one must be a religious person in order to believe in such practice*.
The alleged exorcism took place in broad daylight on May 19th, 2013, according to the source. The so-called representative of god on Earth placed both hands on the supposedly possessed man, who convulsed shortly afterwards. This has been taken as a sign the exorcism was successful.
The pope is also the Bishop of Rome, and like any bishop he is also an exorcist (…) It was a real exorcism: Father Gabriele Amorth, head of the International Association of Exorcists.
The Daily Mail reports this is not the first time a Pontiff has carried out an exorcism in public:
In 2000, Pope John Paul II performed an exorcism on a young woman who screamed and uttered blasphemies during a weekly audience. He spent half an hour praying with the woman, who had a history of possession, before leaving. However, the exorcism did not work and she remained possessed. Daily Mail.
The assumed possessed person is a 43-year old man from Mexico and was sitting on a wheelchair when the action took place.
Bergoglio was recently elected by Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church as the 266th pope. His election came as a surprise, given he was not deemed as one of the preferiti to succeed Joseph Ratzinger.
May 21st, 2013.
*I, on the other hand, am not, so I don’t believe in exorcisms, demons and spiritual entities. However I find this news utterly bizarre and felt the need to share it with you.
According to Mexico’s most influential blogger, Sopitas, the official line-up for the Corona Capital Festival 2013 has been unveiled.
Arctic Monkeys, Miles Kane, Stereophonics and Travis (among many others) are supposedly scheduled to appear in this event to be held in Mexico City on October 12th, and 13th, the bands, however have not yet issued any official confirmation on their respective websites.
Corona Capital Festival has been sponsored since 2010 by the worldwide renowned beer Corona®, held by Grupo Modelo which is partially owned by brewing giants Anheuser-Busch InBev.
Ticketmaster will be in charge of the distribution of the tickets which according to practice will take place many, many weeks before the event. In the past, Ticketmaster and OCESA have been linked to unfair selling methods; journalist Juan Pablo Proal (@juanpabloproal) has blamed OCESA for prostituting music and entertainment in Mexico [es].
May 20th, 2013.
A few minutes after this post was published, Sopitas changed the line-up he had unveiled previously, now removing Miles Kane’s act. At this point it is uncertain if the English musician will be performing in the festival or not; nevertheless, Sopitas is fully authorized to divulge the official line-up, including all its changes, so if you feel the need to check it out you can do so by clicking here [es].
An Italian referee has been selected to take charge of the German final
Nicola Rizzoli (age 42) from Modena, Italy, has been designated to referee next Saturday’s final match between Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund and Fußball-Club Bayern München e.V in Wembley. Rizzoli’s refereeing style has been deemed by experts as “fairly strict”.
Rizzoli has presided fixtures for the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers; he is in the list of candidate referees for the 2014 FIFA World Cup to be played in Brazil. He took charge of the inaugural UEFA Europa League™ final in 2010 in Hamburg.
According to Goal.com, Rizzoli is one of the most respected referees worldwide:
Nicola Rizzoli may not be viewed in the same esteem as the world-renowned Pierluigi Collina, chief refereeing officer of UEFA, but the Italian selected to officiate Saturday’s Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund has quickly become one of the most respected match officials in the world game.
Rizzoli is an architect by day, but it is his reputation as a referee that has been built most swiftly and soundly. He will be in charge of his first-ever Champions League final at Wembley at the weekend following his rise to prominence in recent years after he was a head referee in his first international tournament at Euro 2012 last year. Goal.com
Rizzoli will be assisted by his fellow countrymen Renato Faverani and Andrea Stefani. The fourth official will be Damir Skomina from Slovenia and the two additional assistant referees, Gianluca Rocchi and Paolo Tagliavento are also from Italy, according to UEFA’s official press release.
Oddly enough, players from Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund lead the infamous table of fouls committed (Mandžukić, Martínez and Lewandowski, each with 24 fouls), which means Mr. Rizzoli will need to pay extra attention on the pitch.
May 20th, 2013.
Anti-drug lord insurance? Sure, why not?
Marsh, world leader in insurance broking and risk management continues to innovate, now with a product specially designed for customers with operations in violence-struck Mexico.
The most optimistic figures show that more than 60,000 people have been killed in Mexico since late 2006, as a consequence of a crackdown on drug cartels. In 2013 with a new president (Enrique Peña) the violence has not been eradicated and executions, beheadings and ferocious drug-related deaths are sadly common. The victims are not only gang members and security forces but civilians including foreigners as well.
In this grim context, easily comparable to the one lived in any war-struck nation, the Mexican branch of Marsh [es] has launched a product for clients seeking for insurance cover in case of suffering any of the following events:
Act of terrorism
Act of sabotage
Organized crime activity
Act of violence as a consequence of operations between government and a criminal organization
Act of violence as a consequence of a dispute between criminal organizations
According to the insurer, the product is brand-new and it is specially designed for corporations operating in Mexico. The product offers a coverage of up to 25 million dollars (£ 16’290, 000).
This form of casualty insurance policy against organized crime and terrorism, might come in handy to the thousands of corporations suffering the disruption caused by violence and an obviously inefficient government, powerless to bring the bloodshed to an end.
May 12th, 2013